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Major Deadlift Increase


#1

Yesterday I broke into the 500's for the first time (520 to be exact). I only used chalk and my work boots. just curious but if I used a deadlift suit how much would this add to my max? If I can keep making progress like this (I added 110lbs on my deadlift since january) I would like to try some amateur competitions in a year or so. Does anyone know which organization does their comps raw? Thanks.


#2

Well -in my experience-unless you pull sumo style-a deadlift suit is worthless. It will add nothing and might even hinder you-ie prohibit you from getting into the proper positioning. The top deadlift of all time-Any Bolton-did his 935 this year in a singlet. As for raw only competitions there is a big raw power meet in massachusetts the first weekend in november 5&6. Pick up the august edition of powerlifting USA magazine for details. Great job on the pull!


#3

I have to disagree on this one, you won't get much on trad style deadlift, but some 10-15-20-25kgs is reasonable to believe, that is my two cents anyway. (most people in my club gain about 20kgs when they deadlift trad style with stuid)


#4

It varies greatly, and a lot of people get nothing out of a suit. I've heard Priscilla Rubic gets 25% out of her suit, but that's really rare.


#5

Ah ok so it really isn't going to do much for me..I was just wondering what the possiblities were. Thanks for the replys fella's!


#6

another small thing that could help is getting some chuck taylors or other very thin shoes. the workboots are unnecessarily adding 1-3 inches to the distance you have to pull.


#7

It definitely varies from person to person. I get around 40-50 lbs. out of my Inzer Z-Suit. The suit has to be really tight, which can impede proper setup at first. Eventually, you'll get used to it. I basically "dive bomb" down to the bar while holding my breath, grip it, and rip it up.


#8

Definitely try the Chucks or going without shoes if your gym allows it. You'd be surprised how much difference that extra inch makes. Wait, that's what she said!!!!


#9

That is great progress! What kind of program did you use to obtain such a substantial increase in so short of a time?


#10

A suit can help conventional, at least in my experience. I've found a belt is more important than the suit, however both will vary alot from individual to individual. I've seen some great lifters not even wear belts.


#11

I think the metal dl suit is pretty popular. Its made for convential style deadlifting and its designer deadlifts in to the 800s so it has some good thought behind it.